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Proper computer maintenance | Why most people lose data on their computers.

Severally now I have heard a lot of folks complain about how computers affect their work and progress by posing some serious problems that affect their data. For instance, most users complain about computer crash, hard disk failure (though not often), Virus attacks, and other windows problems force them to format their computers and lose their data.

There are two main causes of data loss on a computer:

  • Some are based on the users’ carelessness, for example lack of proper organization of data on their computer.
  • While some problems are less likely to be controlled by the user. Some removable disks, for instance, cannot be written on or read by a windows OS, when placed on other computers.

The user is then forced to format the whole drive in order to be able to use the media. This is due to the configuration of some phones and computers that affect the removable disk configuration. The user is forced to format the drive to reconfigure it in a readable form.

In such instances, the user has no control over the drive, or the gadget spoiling the removable drive, the only thing you as the user can do is to use the drive in the computer for which it fits, and do not place your drives on a gadget which “eats up” all your data.

Why people lose their data on their computers and their gadgets.

Weak and counterfeit storage devices.counterfake devices

While purchasing a storage media, a user has to make sure that the device is legit. Most people purchase devices that cannot be able to store sufficient amount of data (Imagine buying a 16 GB micro SD card, only to find out that the device can only hold 258 MB amount of data.)

Therefore a user has to find a way to realize a true brand form a counterfeit.

How to recognize an original brand storage media from a counterfeit.

  • Search for the true brand logo online from the device manufacturer’s website and make sure that the logo on the device is identical to the logo on the manufacturer’s website.
  • Scratch gently on the brand logo, if the logo is made of paper, or fades when scratched do not purchase the device.
  • Ask for a warranty for the device for a period of not less than 6 months and a receipt to confirm the purchase of the device in the location.
  • At home, plug the device into your computer and fill it with data to the brim. Now try to play the data, preferably movies, and note if the data is corrupted or not. If the data, all the data is read without any trouble, then your device is quite alright.

If the device fails in any of this tests, you should take back the device to the shop and get another.

Gadgets that mess up the configuration on your device.

If you plug in your Micro SD card on a corrupted phone, you may not be able to spot the problems while using the phone. However, when you unplug the SD card from your phone, the card cannot be read on any other device, especially if you unplugged the card without following the prior procedure.

The problem and its symptoms does is also evident on other storage devices when placed in other computers with corrupted OS versions, or OS versions affected by Viruses.

Careless disorganization of data by users on their computers.

If you do not organize your data properly on your computer, you can easily misplace some of your documents.

Occasionally users disarrange their data in several ways:computer file organisation

  • Storing all their data on one location.
  • Storing all their data on the C partition.
  • Placing their data on software folders.
  • And careless coping their data without being conscious.

In order not to misplace their data on their computers, users need to be very organized.

Storing their data on public computers.

This is a common mistake I have noticed with most users. Data downloaded on the internet should not be left in a cyber cafe, or in a school library. Most other users who touch the computer will have the liberty to commit changes on your data and even delete the data anyway they like.

Therefore if you tend to use a public computer often, you should make sure that you store your data on your personal USB drive, or hard disk to ensure safety for your data.

A computer as many people may like to disagree is a personal tool, just like a phone. It is not wrong to lend your computer, or phone for a while, however, you should be careful with how you dispose such items. The data stored on this devices is delicate and need therefore to be protected.

Sharing a computer with persons you do not know is very risky and may cause data loss, as the user have no use for your valuable data, and may end up messing it up, or deleting them.

Lack of proper care of their computers.

A computer is a delicate device, as many other devices if not well taken care of. If you do not maintain your computer, the devices become overworked and may fail.

Carelessness of the user.

In case of a computer crash, damage, and other occurrences, a user has to take some precautions to safe guard their data.

  • Backup your data in case of a hard disk failure.
  • In case of a computer failure, you can unplug your hard disk and use it as an external on another computer, or plug it in another computer.
  • A user is supposed to partition their hard drive to separate important data from the rest to prevent data loss, in case of a computer crash.


Data creation, manipulation, and use was the key reason computers were made. If you do not take care of the data the computer should be of no use to you.

learn some of the advantages of performing a data backup.

In order to protect your data, you require to take some precautions:

  • Backup your data.
  • Maintain your computer.
  • And ensure your devices are legit.

These measures should ensure that your data is safe and available to you always.

Data loss is not a very terrifying occurrence until it has happened to you. Always take preventive measures to avoid this.


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